Aussie Jane’s passion for the great English inn runs deep; she waved goodbye to her jet-setting career to take on the faded Fleur de Lys in the heart of pretty Cranborne. Now the Hall & Woodhouse inn glows. In the cosy bar – all panelled walls, rugs on woodblock or flagstone floors, warm heritage hues – say hello to Mikey and Poppy, Jane’s characterful Jack Russells, then bag the smartly upholstered pew bench by the blazing wood-burner and enjoy Daniel Foy’s seasonal menus. Tuck into a hearty smoked meat and fish platter, then spiced plum sausages with mustard and rapeseed mash, leaving room for sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel and honeycomb ice cream. Look to the bar menu for sandwiches and pub classics. Fancy staying the night? Upstairs, rooms have a classy contemporary feel, with cord carpets, fat radiators, painted furniture, and goose down duvets with Welsh blankets on big comfortable beds. Smart tiled bathrooms (the best have roll top baths) with posh Bramley toiletries have village views. Cranborne Chase and the New Forest (for walking and cycling), Salisbury and the Jurassic Coast are close.